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JedClaire
Oct-09-2007 @ 8:06 PM                           Permalink
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Thinking of taking 11 and 13 year old niece and nephew away for Oct half term, been holidaying on the broads for yonks but never that late and not with teens in tow - is everything open?  Any thoughts would be appreciated!

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Hi! and welcome to the forum!

If I remember rightly last year it was quite busy during the half term with plenty of boats about on the river. I would think things will still be open till after this hol is over..

"If you can keep your head when all around are losing theirs, you're probably not fully aware of the situation"

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Oct-09-2007 @ 8:42 PM                           Permalink
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Great time of year, I wqould suggest a newer boast if you can afford it as they tend to be warmer for the kids.

Terry.

Thank you and goodnight, much love

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Thanks for your replies on this, I feel much happier now about going late Oct - newer boat with better heating great idea!  Will definately consider that, don't want the kids moaning about being too cold at night!  It will be hard enough to detach them from their other luxuries for a few nights!  I've just come back from a long weekend on Bel Air II (27 Sept-2 Oct Sabena Marine Hoveton) which had gas fire, radiators, 4 poster bed and a Jacuzzi!  Wowzers!  I still prefer the boats without all these mod cons tho! Doesn't feel like boating without a pump toilet and frizzy hair all week!

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Hi, I have taken youth group sailing trips of various sizes to the broads quite a few times over the last 5 or 6 years.

I would warn you that when we came in the October half term a few years back, there were a few things shut already. We also had quite cold and wet weather, but had prepared two back up plans for days off the water (Norwich and Yarmouth) just in case. In the end, most of the group choose to stay on (or in!) the water, but the younger ones (11-13) did appreciate a chance to browse clothes shops!

So have a back up plan for a day off the water, and perhaps a canoe or dinghy for them to mess about on and go for it.

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hi Steve I am also visiting the Broads for the October break.I always visit in October but this is the first year, during during school holidays.Not sure what to expect.Two things have come to mind.1]The time of the low tides to navigate through G/Yarmouth[mid afternoon] and 2]The dark nights, and usually the batteries on the boats are a bit tired and it is a long night 6p.m.-7a.m.Take a good torch and a portable radio.John

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I am so glad I asked the question as I hadn't even considered how much earlier it gets dark at that time of year!  Thanks so much for all the advice, torches and board games and definately a dinghy!  Many Thanks everyone, first time I've used the forum to ask my own question and will definately be back if I have any more!

Claire

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So looking forward to a week on Friday, we are down for the week ourselves, The Rivers will look stunning with the Autumnal change of colour especially with a little sunshine,

If you are worried they might get bored Why not keep them busy with a little photographic competition, (little digital cameras in Tesco for a £5 each) have categories such as best boat, wildlife, flower, bridge, church, windmill etc and enter your winners into the 2008 calender competition!!

THE WET STUFF SHOULD BE ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE BOAT!!


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The photography competition is a fab idea!  They would love that!  Thank you so much! Claire x

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Another good tip for cruising at this time of year is to take sleeping bags, then with the supplied duvets on top you should keep warm. The large domestice blue paper towel rolls are also a bonus for mopping up condensation a real problem at this time of year for plastic boats.  1/2 term week (and the exact dates depends on which school authority area you live in) can be a problem at certain 'Hot Spots' as they again get very busy, we try to avoid the 1/2 term school week so the rivers and 'Hot Spots' are quieter, better for our fishing too.  C u afloat  -  Griff

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